Neonatal unit device at hospital investigated for bacteria

July 18, 2011 20:45


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The Health Ministry said Monday night that it had received notice from Hadassah University Medical Center on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus of the isolation of a bacterium in the neonatal units’ Vapotherm 2000 Humidifier/Heater/Respiratory Gas Administration Device.

The bacterium was identified as Ralstonia. It is not require treatment in one premature baby, but did in the second; that baby’s condition has improved "significantly," the ministry said.

The source was not certain.

Even though no similar incidents took place, the ministry’s medical administration is investigating and the affected devices were taken out of circulation. The ministry instructed the hospitals to make sure that their devices are sanitized according to manufacturers’ instructions.

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